7 Ways To Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

2020 marked my 9th New Year battling an “unexplained” disease. Many of you out there can relate. You unexpectedly got sick, have spent years trying to figure out how or why; received diagnosis after diagnosis. Spent every last penny because there is no financial support for “unexplained illness” or “fibromyalgia” “lyme disease” “Hypothyroidism” etc. etc. etc. the list of labels are endless. You have been desperately searching for answers, fighting for your life, and all that the New Year seems to mark is yet another year of suffering, isolation and despair.

A Gift…

Well hold on, because I want to share with you an unexpected gift I received this New Years Eve. It isn’t a physical gift, it isn’t something you can hold in your hand. But it is something I desperately needed and something I know many of you are desperately in need of too.

New Year gift from me to you

See this year has been both especially challenging and yet it has also opened the door to amazing opportunity, growth and hope.

In 2019 I learned more about how to heal and overcome disease than I have in all 8 years I’ve been doing this. But this past year was also filled with great struggle. With new treatments came new symptoms. My body “shut down” on a more consistent basis. Meaning that as I attempt to accomplish something as small as taking a shower or as ambitious as making it to the gym my legs collapse, my breathe becomes heavy. Any energy to talk or move is gone and my only option is to lay down and let my body recover.  This past year I was promised healing by people who to no fault of their own, couldn’t deliver. I tried new treatments, new products, supplements and modalities. I read more books. Did more research, made even more changes to my diet and lifestyle.

Despite all of the new tools, understanding and knowledge I have been blessed with this year. Despite the fact that I am improving and moving closer to health, as the New Year approached I still had to deal with the staunch reality that: I am still sick. I am still struggling, I am still having to fight for my life. There is still no government help or support for me or the loved ones providing for me. I still have to do the research, reading, pushing and digging.

It is an overwhelming reality that had me depressed, in deep despair, and filled with fear. How was I supposed to go into a New Year feeling like this, hopeless, longing to just give up and give in to death and disease.

In the midst of this emotional turmoil, God ministered into my heart. For the last year I had struggled with the term surrender. Going back and forth between surrendering bits and pieces of the journey to him and taking things back into my own hands.

The Lies…

It had become clear that over the last 8 years I had began to see God as a God who would only bless me or heal me if I did my part. If I fought hard enough, prayed enough, researched enough, had enough determination, grit, self-control.

The lies we believe are always accompanied by fear, guilt and shame so of course I was filled with fear. Convinced that if I didn’t work hard enough, pray or please Him enough. If I didn’t do enough research or try enough treatments, than God wouldn’t find me deserving of healing. He would see me as less and continue to watch as I suffered through disease until I did the right thing.

It was all reliant upon ME. All of that determination, fighting, working, pushing, it all points to MY ability to rescue myself or pull myself out of this devastating situation.

The reality is that none of us have that kind of power. Nor do we have to be good enough for God to work in our lives. And God’s love for us certainly isn’t based on anything we can do.

Quite the opposite, in His word He not only tells, but shows us His love for us.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 

1 John 3:1

His word declares that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalms 139:14.

In his glorious image no less…

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

He created you for a purpose…

“You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood.”

1 Peter 1:2

He promises to sustain and rescue you…

“Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Isaiah 46:4

He makes clear the path of those who trust in him…

Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.

Psalms 25:12

And is working all things out for the good of those who love Him.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28

Despite all of these truths my palm was fearfully gripped around one reign of my life. Pulling the team of horses to one side, driving myself in an endless, tiresome circle, because I was relying on MY ability. Terrified to surrender and trust in the loving Father sitting on the seat next to me.

Yet in the midst of my fear God met me in my brokenness, in my lack of faith and doubt. He ministered to my heart this New Years Eve and showed me what real surrender looks like. The word became beautiful, the meaning clear, and the outcome freeing.

The Truth About Surrender…

See, when we let go, God has the opportunity to take both reigns, to lead the team. To direct the path, to rescue us and lead us to safety. And despite the lies we may be believing, God ALWAYS takes that opportunity. He isn’t sitting beside you frustrated and annoyed hoping you crash. As a concerned and loving parent, driven by unconditional love and compassion, He is longing for you to turn to Him, to let Him take over and provide for you.

Don’t walk into this New Year imprisoned by lies that tell you God doesn’t care. That God doesn’t love you, has forgotten about you or simply isn’t willing to help you. Together, let’s walk confidently forward into 2020 sheltered by the truth of His word. Living in the freedom and rest that comes when we surrender the worries and fears of this life into His loving hands.

7 Tips To Make 2020 Your Best & Healthiest Year Yet!

Not Settling For Sick sign

Now that you have been renewed with truth, here are 7 tips that I have learned over the last year that I plan to take into 2020 so I can make it my best and healthiest year yet! Happy New Year everyone!

Tip#1: Stop Comparing

  • Your health journey is unique to you. Don’t get discouraged when the treatment that worked for your friend is not working for you. If you keep going, trusting, keep an open mind and continue to learn you will get better. There is a life and purpose waiting for you on the other side of disease.
  • This may require minute by minute accountability
  • It is easy to get on Insta and Facebook and get down on yourself when you see others accomplishing things you can’t. Or convince yourself that you could if you just worked harder, or tried more. Don’t fall into that trap because….
  • Your illness is real and it is NOT your fault. But you can take actions to fix it!
  • People show their best on social media. Don’t let pretty pictures that don’t represent their reality trip you up.

Tip #2: Surrender

surrender this New Year
  • We aren’t meant to tackle life on our own. We not only need to receive support and love to feel content in life but we need to give it.
  • God says, ” Come to meall you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ” Mathew 11:28. luckily God goes beyond wanting to lend a hand, He doesn’t give you riddles or clues or 5 easy tips to help you get there. He wants to take your life, your plans and stresses completely from you and handle them for you, all while giving you rest.
  • Surrendering, and knowing you have a God who has a plan and a purpose for you will also make tip #1 a lot easier!

Tip #3: Decide to be open minded this year

  • It’s easy to get caught up in our comfort zones, trusting solely in one way of doing things, but illness is not confined to a box. We have to go beyond using drugs to mask symptoms in order to get to the root and get well.
Open sign - reminder to be open minded
  • Don’t spend another year limiting yourself to one modality, or getting stuck in certain ways, habits or lifestyle choices just because it’s the norm, or because you’ve always done it that way.
  • Be open minded to learning about different forms of healing. Look into energy medicine, discover what frequencies are doing for people, embrace different communities of people trying different things. Listen to testimonies, learn from others who have won the battle.
  • Be open-minded to diet and lifestyle changes, because these simple changes could be the missing links keeping you from healing.

Top #4: Commit to reading 10 books

Books - choose 10 to read this year
  • I challenge you to pick 5 books about healing and 5 books that are encouraging, motivating or truth giving and commit to finishing them within this next year.
  • Your healing is limited to your knowledge and how open or closed minded you choose to be
  • Pick up some books, get educated to get empowered

My Favourite Books:

Encouraging/ Truth Giving Books:

Tip #5: Prepare for extreme emotions but don’t fear them

  • When it comes to emotions we often fear, or feel ashamed to call them symptoms but they really are. Imbalance throughout the body does not magically exclude your nervous and endocrine systems.
  • Your hormones, thyroid, adrenals and more are all dramatically effected and will all affect your state of mind, feelings and emotions.
  • Bacterias and viruses love to attack the nervous system. These symptoms of panic, anxiety, stress, nervousness, fear etc. are more often than not caused by the damage the bacteria or virus is causing and the are fed by chemicals, heavy metals and toxins that have infiltrated your life and have even been passed on to you from your mom.
  • You can read all about Heavy Metals here.
  • Learn how to identify when you are simply overwhelmed and need a good cry and when the panic seems to have come out of nowhere and almost doesn’t seem like your own.
support from loved ones
  • Then go easy on yourself, and communicate this with loved ones so they can properly support and understand.

Tip #6: Journal/ write everything down

  • The majority of us struggle with brain fog, short term memory loss and lack of concentration. Keep a journal and organize it into supplements, treatments, symptoms and other headings of your choice so you can keep track of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling while doing them
  • We start too many things at once, forget about a supplement along the way, get rid of something because we couldn’t tell if it was working, or forget about symptoms as they change… write things down so you can learn from what you’re doing and actually make progress!
  • Other wise you are just wasting time!
  • Know what is helping you and what things are not serving you so you can make the appropriate adjustments.

Tip# 7 : Create a routine

  • The key is to make these routines relistic. They should include things that you can accomplish or work through even on your worst days.
  • Which means you might not want to include time limits, unless this is necessary or you find it helps you personally get motivated and stay on track.
  • Routines will change and can include supplements, exercise, treatments or you can set up a routine for school work or work in general as I do.
  • For example, my morning routine right now is jucing celery upon waking on an empty stomach, followed by oil pulling for 20 minutes, then an hour later I have a cup of tea from a tea blend I already have prepared.
  • My routine is written down in order, with detail, and without time frames so I can check it throughout the day to make sure I didn’t forget anything and so I don’t feel pressured or get down on myself when I don’t meet a time frame.

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